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  • "cigan" started this thread

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Tuesday, March 20th 2007, 1:33pm

Question about Keyboard Shortcuts

Ok I have been using Ubuntu with Gnome for the past several months. I was a KDE fan from way back, so I decided I'd give Gnome a shot because I'd heard some good things. Well it has kind of stolen me away, and not entirely to my liking. I'll list the reasons it has stolen me away.

1. Everything just works on it. When I logged in the special function keys on the top of my laptop worked. At least half of them did, and when I went into the keyboard shortcut application assigning the hotkeys that didn't automatically work to their functions was very easy. The problem is the list of potential shortcuts was painfully short.

2. Everything is easier to find. I have never liked the windows start menu. Starting with one menu and then having several sub menus has never been intuitive to me. I really like the Applications, Places and System menus in Gnome. I also like the fact that they are just words.

Ok, so those are my reasons for staying, now come the reasons I really want to go back. I loves me the KDE and I really love being able to configure everything so much. Gnome just doesn't configure as well, and I kind of miss the KDE control center. Ok I miss it a lot. Inevitably I threw KDE on so I could completely configure the look of Amarok easily. Because I couldn't control all the visual settings without the KDE theming software, at least I couldn't figure out how to. So I apt-geted me some KDE happiness. Now the problem is I can't get my special function keys to work. I've been through the keyboard shortcut program which has a far far greater selection of actions than the Gnome one, and is a far better program. However it doesn't seem to have the really obvious actions that Gnome does include. Like turn volume up, turn volume down, mute, next track, pause, play, last track, etc. and so on. I know I can launch any application under the sun, and that's cool and all, but some basic system controls would quite honestly be a lot more useful than being able to link a keyboard action to an application that I would rather just have in my systray.

I'm guessing I'm missing something here, and some assistance would be greatly appreciated. If I am not missing anything, could some more shortcut options please be added to the keyboard shortcut application. It would be helpful.